Coronavirus: The essential daily briefing for Cambridgeshire - April 3
Cambridgeshire County Council has released its daily briefing with a round-up of any changes to its services.
The briefing for Friday, April 3, takes into account the latest government announcements.
Cambridgeshire/Peterborough Together Against Coronavirus
Cambridgeshire/Peterborough Together Against Coronavirus has been launched to help people stay connected during self-isolation and the lockdown.
They are asking communities to pull together to reach out, particularly to those at risk of loneliness which may be people living with disabilities or other vulnerable conditions, elderly people or those who are isolating for 12 weeks due to chronic health conditions.
Ideas to help people stay connected with the outside world have been suggested by the councils, including how to beat boredom and loneliness:
- Sharing stories of what you are doing to help people on social media using the hashtags #ReachOut #PeterboroughTogether and #CambridgeshireTogether
- Sharing tips on beating loneliness and boredom
- Download the campaign poster and other visuals and put these up on your social media pages or in your window for your neighbours to see
- Help us remind people of the importance of staying at home
Cllr Steve Count, leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “We know that for some people who are self-isolating this could be a very difficult time and could lead to feelings of loneliness. Think about people who you know who might fall into this group and how you might be able to help them, whether it’s a family member, friend or neighbour.
“We must all follow the stay at home message, but we also want people to think about how they can keep in contact with the outside world and keep stocked with food, medicine and other supplies from afar and how they can help others to do the same
“We want to encourage people through this campaign to pull together and highlight the many ways they are already supporting people in their communities and their own household. We want to share stories, so please let us know what you are doing
“Importantly, if you are shielding from the Coronavirus and are in need of food, medicine or other supplies, please contact us via our website or by calling 0345 045 5219.”
For more information visit cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/coronavirus/covid-19-coordination-hub-your-community-needs-you
Network of coordination and response hubs launched
A network of Covid-19 Coordination and Response Hubs has been launched across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
A countywide coordination hub has been in operation for two weeks, with regional hubs being run by district and city councils.
The countywide hub is focused on supporting residents who have identified as shielding and being of the highest risk.
It will ensure that critical services across the public sector, such as care for the elderly, can continue through the support of staff who have been redeployed from other council services and partner organisations and the support of volunteers. It means that the most vulnerable residents have access to food, medicines and other important supplies, as well as ensuring broader social needs are met as far as possible, to minimise anxiety.
The district and city hubs provide more local support, and connect with mutual aid and other community-led initiatives.
The countywide hub can be contacted Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm, and Saturdays 9am to 1pm on 0345 045 5219 or on the website here.
Schoolchildren encouraged to out-do the grown-ups by ‘creating their own community’
Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council education teams are setting down a challenge for children to encourage them to create their own town and community from scratch to win an iPad.
The competition is open to all Cambridgeshire and Peterborough infant, junior and primary school children and combines many areas of the curriculum, including maths, art and geography.
It will require youngsters to carry out research, explore their own creativity and decision-making.
For more information, visit the online learning hub here.
Changes to bus services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
As government social distancing during the Covid-19 outbreak continues, a number of bus companies across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have announced changes to their timetables.
Stagecoach timetable changes in Peterborough and Cambs – Updates to bus services – Further temporary changes to Stagecoach bus timetables will be introduced in Cambridge and Peterborough from Sunday, 5th April. Critical routes will be maintained wherever possible. Visit the Stagecoach website
Cambridge – Changes to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 13A, 13B and 13X, 16A, 18, 19, 25, H, X8 and 39.
National Express temporarily suspending all bus operations
National Express is temporarily suspending all its coach operations from 11.59pm on Sunday (April 5).
The closure will be continually reviewed in line with government policy and services will restart when possible. Until Sunday, the emergency timetable has been reduced.
For more information, visit the National Express website.
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